Fifty-five percent of organizations in North America will offer their
employees “Summer Fridays” this year, according to a survey by Gartner,
Inc. This is a 9% increase from the number of North American
organizations that offered Summer Fridays in 2018, and a 43% increase
from the number of organizations globally that had similar benefits back
“Summer Fridays” — days that organizations offer employees the option to
leave early or take the entire day off — are an example of the perks
organizations are offering to gain competitive advantage in attracting
and retaining top talent. In today’s tight labor market, which still
features record low unemployment levels, workers have the upper hand.
Data from Gartner’s 1Q19 Global Talent Monitor revealed that in the U.S.
employee confidence in the business environment increased by 2.6% for an
indexed score of 57.6 — nearly three points higher than the global
average score of 54.7. Additional data shows only
12% of U.S. workers are engaged, reporting both a high willingness
to go above and beyond at work and a high likelihood of staying with
“Right now, workers look at the surplus of open jobs in the market and
they feel confident that they can easily find a new position whenever
they like,” said Brian
Kropp, group vice president of the HR practice at Gartner.
“Employers are incentivized to do everything they possibly can to create
a place to work that is as attractive as possible, and providing
employees a head start on the weekend is one way to do that.”
Offering Summer Fridays is not possible across all industries.
Retailers, for instance, require an employee to always be in the store
and customer service representatives available to address issues. For
these employers, the ideal scenario is to create a corresponding
benefit, such as a summer bonus.
“Ultimately, Summer Fridays are about organizations providing the
increased flexibility that employees are seeking,” said Mr. Kropp. “It’s
a way for employers to show their staff that they are valued by giving
them the gift of time.”
For companies that are concerned that offering a summer schedule comes
at a cost to productivity — don’t. “We find that offering your employees
work-life balance can increase productivity, loyalty and employee
retention,” said Mr. Kropp.
The findings are based on a poll conducted in the second quarter of 2019
of 94 HR leaders in North America.
About Gartner ReimagineHR
Gartner experts will provide additional insight into the labor and
talent issues at the Gartner ReimagineHR Conference, taking place
October 28-30 in Florida.
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